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Nice hike. We took Thomas to Cat, which was the easier direction. We took our 8 year old collie who did awesome. In a couple sections between Cat and Thomas there is a very steep rocky drop, but my dog did fine. The trail markings from the lot to Cat were poor (lots of hikers passing us going this way asked us for trail directions), but Thomas to Cat was well marked.

Overall amazing hike!! The hike starts out pretty flat and then quickly starts ascending for about a mile and a half at inclines between 15-40 %. That was definitely the toughest part but you get a pretty good break at the junction of marble mountain and whiteface. The views make it 100% worth it!! The only downside was that the terrain was quite rocky (easy to trip a lot), and very muddy at certain points despite the beautiful weather.

Great hike , awesome view , really recommend it to anyone who loves pretty scenic and waterfalls.

Mt. Colden is the gift that doesn’t stop giving. It actually starts off pretty easy as far as high peak hiking is concerned. Do yourself a favor and ascend through avalanche lake/avalanche pass then come down through the loop. There are tons of ladders and quite a bit of scrambling up rock on the way up, but you’ll be glad you went up this way and not down as it is very very steep. We hiked it after the region experienced two straight days of rain so everything was wet and slippery. Even still it took us 10.5 hours round trip, and I imagine if it had been dry we could have done it in about 9. It is a fun trail though with all of the technical spots and quite beautiful on the way up. Avalanche lake was my favorite spot. We went through 4 liters of water each plus two gatorades. This was our second peak, Marcy being our first and the wife and I both agreed that it was easier and more fun than Marcy. Be prepared for the scramble at the end, there are some hand and foot holds to go off and it’s a short section but if exposure isn’t your thing maybe try to hit some other peaks first to get used to it

Took the dog with us on this hike. We started by taking the blue trail up to Cat mountain. The trail wasn’t too bad - got a little tricky towards the end right before the peak. We then ended up taking the foot trail that connects cat mountain to Thomas mountain. This was not ideal with a dog as it was very hard sometimes to find the yellow markers which indicated which way to go. Also we ended up climbing over rocks and logs and this was difficult with a dog. Would deff do this hike again but skip the yellow foot trail with the dog.

Absolutely beautiful! Lots of scrambling! Lots of birch trees and ferns and moss.

Not short or easy but it’s gorgeous and worth the effort

Beautiful hike. Not the most interesting or challenging trails, but the payoff at Indian Head is one of the prettiest views in New York in my opinion. A great hike

Loved this hike!!! We hiked on 8/12. We went up Lake Arnold Trail and down around Lake Colden/ Avalanche pass. I actually think this is the best way to do the hike (though as someone whose knees generally start hurting coming down- I get why people are recommending the reverse). There were a lot of steep slabs and some of the hikers we met commented on how it was hard for them coming up. The hike was ~16.2 miles to and from Adirondack Loj. We stopped for about an hour total between the summit and Lake Colden. Very beautiful. The water on Lake Colden perfectly reflected the sky. Took us 9 hours total. This was one of my favorite high peaks (I’ve done 24 now) mainly because of the incredible summit views and hiking along the Matilda’s.

Really awesome trail! I would say it is medium to difficult. If one has any back or knee issues I would not attempt this. The views at the top are amazing.

camping
7 days ago

The view from MT Colvin is absolutely Amazing. So what if it is a little muddy at parts, its a mountain hike, that comes with the territory. There are some really fun scrambles. There is also a nice stream for a decent ways up the mountain to refuel. There are also about 4 spaces that you can camp in about 2 miles from the top. The best place to park is at a country club. It is right before a church on your left or after it on your right. Its a little sign with an A and another letter on it as a symbol. You drive up that rode until you pass by tennis courts. The foot trail begins a little down the road once you pass between them. So many high peaks to access from that trail.

13/10 would do this hike again, though not with my dog again.

This hike was amazing. Definitely agree with previous reviewers to do this loop counter clockwise, I wouldn't have wanted to go down the mountain on the Lake Colden side. Not an easy hike by any means, but the views were absolutely beautiful.

That being said, I would STRONGLY advise against doing this hike with your dog, at least if you have a larger dog. There are a lot of ladders that are practically impossible for a dog to traverse on the path around Avalanche Lake, but those are doable. The worst one was at the top of Mount Colden, over 10' high with no way for a dog to travel around it. My advise would be to do an out and back on the Lake Arnold side of Mount Colden if you'd like to bring your dog.

We hiked this trail (7th of the 46) on a sunny day in August. After the first half mile, the trail gets a bit more challenging up to the Brothers, but nothing too difficult. The hike across the 3 Brothers is mostly slides and a few steep rock assents, but take your time and they are fine. The final .3 miles to the summit is the most challenging, but again take your time. They have a newly installed ladder that helps a lot and the view is very good. Look for the survey marker (brass circle) towards the rear of the summit.

This was so much fun all around.

We had a beautiful day to enjoy the gorgeous views along the Brothers Trail to Big Slide. Some pretty steep ascents in the beginning going to the First And Second Brothers. Also some slightly intimidating rock scrambles but nothing too terrible. A little mud but not overly wet.
We decided to take the loop back and were lucky other hikers directed us as it’s not very well marked. As you head back down, instead of taking the blue trail back along the brothers (which would be turning left), go straight down the red marked trail along slide mountain brook until you hit some yellow no camping signs. If you head right from there, you go to Johns Brook Lodge. To get back to the Garden parking lot, make a sharp left over the wooden bridge and head along Phelps Trail, which is marked with yellow but has no sign identifying it as Phelps. It is longer back than it feels like it should be, maybe about 1.5 hours at a moderate pace. It took us 7 hours all in with probably a 30 min stop at the top. We took our time.

hiking
9 days ago

Outstanding! Moderate to difficult in some areas but strenuous areas are short lived. Great views of the great range! We left the trailhead at 5:45 am with headlamps; used them for about 10 minutes. Stopped several times for pics. 3 hours and 5 minutes to the summit. stayed at the summit 45 minutes as the clouds cleared and views became even more spectacular. Motored down with just a couple of new photo ops. Total trip 6 hours and 7 minutes including the 45 minute summit time.

Great payoff at the top with a fire tower.

First 2/3 of hike is quite easy going. Last 1/3 was a steep incline to the fire tower. Very manageable for us. We had our 11 year old son and Boston terrier with us. Would definitely do it again! Beautiful view!

Beautiful hike with wonderful views of Lake George! My favorite hike in the LG area and add will never get bored of it. Beautiful hike to do in all four seasons of the year. It gets a pretty steep at some parts so may be a little challenging for beginners

Easy trail, also went to Beaver Meadow falls. Rainbow falls is absolutely lovely and the view from Indian Head is amazing. Weather was perfect as well. Would do this again

Super fun trail, great views along the way and at the summit.

This is not a moderate hike it was quite tough. My group is pretty fit and we had to take multiple short breaks before we reached the peak. It took around 2 hours to get up and a little over 1 to get down. This trail is almost vertical from the start. There's a few false peaks that provide great views. The peak is very rewarding. 360 views and plenty of areas to check out once you get up.

I really enjoyed this hike, especially the views on the trail. Unfortunately clouds came in after we got to the summit so we did not get the best view from the top. However, I would definitely do this hike again!

This was my first of the 46ers. Though it was a challenging one to start off with, the views were absolutely worth it. Really cool mini stone castle at the top that includes a dining area, gift shop and restroom. I will be returning one day!

Trail was very enjoyable and a little challenging at the summit because of the rock scramble at the end. In addition to the great view from the summit, even without going up the tower, there are several nice views on the way up. Got hit with a pretty good thunderstorm on the way down but it’s all part of the learning curve I’m going through. In this case, don’t pack your rain gear at the bottom of your pack.

Rainbow falls and the view from Indian head both well worth the trip.

Most of the trail is in direct sunlight.

A great hike- we went up Cat on the blue trail first, then took the yellow trail to Thomas and back down. Blue trail up to Cat is easy to follow and well marked. The yellow trail to Thomas was also well marked but was relatively ‘rough’ meaning lots of ups and downs, lots of roots and mild bouldering. Def a challenge for a beginner... but well worth it! Lots of fabulous views. When I go again I will go up the yellow trail and down the blue, I like the rough stuff while I’m still fresh!
Highly recommend this hike- you can just do the blue trail for a quick up and back or do the loop for a great workout.

We hiked Esther via the ASRC in April. So we skipped her on our climb this week. That being said, our Esther hike prepared us very well for the Face. We took it nice and slow up Marble. After Marble, we progressively picked up our pace. Took a nice break at the ski lift before making the final push to the summit. The summit is pretty great... The hordes of tourists that drove up there.... Not so much.... Regardless, a very fun hike! A bunch of ravens were circling the summit!

Great hike. The only water on the trail is a couple of small springs between the trail to Ester and Whiteface. My dog loved it and we had no bugs. Glad to check those two off my list.

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